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home : news : lakelands July 24, 2014



Tourism to Ninety Six National Historic Site creates 3.8 million dollars in Economic Benefit

NINETY SIX, SC – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 69,624 visitors to Ninety Six National Historic Site in 2013 spent $3,837,600 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 57 jobs in the local area.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Motorcyclist dies after striking deer

A motorcyclist was killed in Laurens County after he struck a deer Sunday night along Sunset Boulevard.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Piedmont Middle College Produces First Graduates

As the Class of 2014 celebrated their graduation from high school, 10 students from Ninety Six High School and McCormick High School were also earning an Associate in Arts degree from Piedmont Technical College. The students – five from Ninety Six and five from McCormick – were enrolled in the Piedmont Middle College.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Humane Society reaches major goal by completing permanent dog shelter

The Humane Society of McCormick County more than doubled the size of its animal shelter space when it dedicated a new dog shelter last Thursday evening. 

“We’ve got about 2,500 square feet under the roof of the new dog shelter,” said Humane Society President Dave Rollison. “It took more than six months to build, but we were within budget.”

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Joyce Dickerson to speak to Democratic ladies

Joyce Dickerson, candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be the speaker at the McCormick County Democratic Women’s luncheon, noon, Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Georgette’s Home Cooking. 

Dickerson has served on the Richland County Council for more than nine years and is the first woman from S.C. to serve as chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Authorities capture escaped inmate

An inmate from Laurens County who had escaped from a litter work crew yesterday has been captured. 

According to officials with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Kimberly Jane Collins, 46, escaped from a litter work crew on I-26 near mile marker 52 in Clinton around noon Thursday.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Clinton man arrested on burglary charges
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30 year old Randall Thomas Heaton of 514 Lake Drive, Clinton SC.  According to reports, deputies responded to the incident location also on Lake Drive in Clinton where Heaton was knocking on several residents doors in the community and also had taken items from two of those homes.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Laurens Jail Administer Retiring, Drop-in scheduled

LAURENS, SC – A retirement drop-in on July 25th will honor jail administer, Major Chris Hudson, who has resigned to take a position with Southern Health Partners.

The drop-in will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the training room at the Laurens County Detention Center located at 154 Templeton Road in Laurens.  Light refreshments will be served.

Hudson, who began his career with Laurens County in 1993 as a dispatcher before joining the Sheriff’s office in 1998, will officially retire on July 31.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Main Street Laurens' Jump Start Semi-Finalists announced

The Main Street Laurens Economic Enhancement Committee announced the semi-finalists for the Jump Start program on Friday, July 11. Three semi-finalists were chosen with the goal of awarding at least one, possibly two, Jump Start rental assistance grants in August.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Event to highlight the Huguenots

McCormick, SC – Huguenot descendants and other persons interested in French Huguenot history will gather at John de la Howe School in McCormick County on Sunday, August 3rd to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Huguenots at New Bordeaux in August 1764.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Best Festival of Discovery Photo Contest

This year, the SC Festival of Discovery is expecting hundreds, thousands of folks to fill the streets of Uptown Greenwood for some of the best BBQ and blues music in the South!  This year, GwdToday is looking to see who out there can take the BEST EVENT PHOTO.  Some of the best pictures are taken by everyday non-pro photographers.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Four Revolutionary War Park Units to Consolidate Operations

ATLANTA – Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced that four National Park units in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia will begin to consolidate operations on or about September 1.  The four units represent significant stories of the American Revolution in the southern United States.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Iva man charged with killing father, shooting step-mother

An Iva man is in custody after authorities say he shot and killed his father and shot his step-mother.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Toddler killed at state park

A toddler was run over and killed Saturday at the Lake Greenwood State Park in Ninety Six.


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fugitive on the run in Ninety Six
***UPDATED***

A fugitive from Laurens County is on the run in Ninety Six, according to officials with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Main Street Laurens USA, Inc. receives 2014 National Main Street Accreditation
Laurens, SC - Main Street Laurens USA, Inc. has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Friday, July 4, 2014

Two arrested in meth lab bust

A husband and wife were arrested Wednesday afternoon after agent with the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit discovered a number of active “one pot” meth labs and about 80 grams of methamphetamine at a residence in Ninety Six.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Presbyterian College President Named to Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Clinton, SC - Dr. Claude Lilly, President of Presbyterian College, has been elected to the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by the 221st General Assembly.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

COMING HOME

Zach Calhoun has been playing golf since he was 10 years old. The Greenwood native knew early on he wanted to be involved in the game of golf as a career and got his chance as head golf pro at The Golf Club at Star Fort. After working as the golf pro at another local course, Calhoun is back at Star Fort.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

One dead in afternoon crash

A Gray Court man was killed in a single vehicle crash just north of Clinton Tuesday afternoon.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Two facing drug charges after report of overdose

Two men were arrested after a woman reportedly overdosed on heroin at a residence in Ninety Six. Police seized more than 175 grams of cocaine, with a street value of nearly $30,000, and nearly 500 prescription pills from the residence.


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PetSmart grant has major impact on McCormick

In June 2013, the Humane Society of McCormick County was awarded a PetSmart Grant to assist in the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs in McCormick using a “targeted” model approach. The grant was to focus on the 29835 zip code area with the goal of sterilizing 263 owned and “free roaming” cats and 120 dogs over a two-year period. HSMC is on schedule to meet the first-year goal of 192 spay/neuter surgeries with only five more needed to be completed by the end of June 2014. The grant is part of HSMC’s larger spay/neuter campaign.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Tears of Joy: McCormick Adult Education Graduates Six
On Tuesday evening back on June 3, six students from McCormick realized their dreams.  High school credentials were awarded to students who completed GED or high school diploma requirements with McCormick County Adult Education.
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pedestrian killed in Laurens County

***UPDATED***

The Laurens County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim.



A pedestrian was hit by a car and killed along U.S. 76 in Laurens County Saturday night.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Police dept. offers $500 reward for info on recent break-ins
“We have had an alarming number of break-ins in the past two months,” said McCormick Police Chief J.R. Jones. “We’ve had more than a dozen within the town limits, and the county might have experienced a few others.”

The town recently offered a $500 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the burglar or burglars. Major Bo Willis is heading up the investigation. The McCormick Police Department Tip Line phone number is 852-2230.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


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